Inertially Derived Flying Qualities and Performance Parameters
NAVAL TEST PILOT SCHOOL PATUXENT RIVER MD
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A feasibility study was undertaken at the U. S. Naval Test Pilot School USNTPS in which an inertial navigation system in an A-7C airplane was successfully used to derive the conventional flying qualities and performance parameters which are used to describe an aircrafts motion. This report presents a discussion on the theoretical and practical aspects of using an inertial navigation system in flying qualities an performance testing. Also presented are some of the data obtained during the feasibility study and a discussion of the numerous advantages of using this concept for flight testing. The data obtained were extremely accurate, and the cost of instrumenting USNTPS A-7C airplanes was reduced significantly in terms of dollars and aircraft down time from using the conventional flight test instrumentation method.
- Attack and Fighter Aircraft